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K-1 Global's Ned Kuruc Discusses the Future of K-1

  • Published in Interviews

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There have been a lot of questions from fans over the past few weeks as for what will be in store for K-1 after the tremendous September 14th event in Mallorca, Spain. To the public, things have been quiet on the K-1 Global front, but there has been a lot of movement behind the scenes, with plans being laid out for the next year. I spoke with K-1 Global’s Director of Events & Fighter Acquisition Ned Kuruc about the future of K-1 and it seems like the gears are fully in motion in pushing K-1 into the future.

The first topic was on making the message extremely clear to fans; K-1 is going to change how their shows are run, shifting the emphasis from tournaments to crowning champions across weight divisions and having them defend these belts. “We’re gonna open up our weight divisions, we want to have a clear cut champion in each division,” he stated. “He’ll go on to defend that championship and we’ll get to see who is really the best in each weight class. We’ll have a top ten ranking in every division and fighters will move up the ranks and try to fight the champion.

“We definitely wanted to open up all of the weight classes,” he continued. “For too long K-1 was just two weight classes and this is the solution that we had to help to establish all of these weight classes.”

For many fans, the idea of losing the tournament format will be a loss, as K-1 was established on this idea of annual tournaments to decide the best in the world, but Kuruc assures us that K-1 isn’t done with tournaments. “Is K-1 done with the tournament format? Absolutely not. We want to establish these weight divisions and crown champions, but we still want to run tournaments, just not as often. Maybe they are every two or four years, just not every year like we are all used to.”

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Canada vs. China in Richmond, Canada on November 25

  • Published in Kickboxing

Canada vs. ChinaWe've been touting Canada as one of the hidden gems of the Muay Thai world for quite a while now, with the shows that happen in the hockey-loving, seal-clubbing neighbor to the north putting on more and more quality events. On November 25th it will be no difference, as this time Canadian promoter Sport Muay Thai Fighting Championships will promote an event dubbed "Canada vs. China."

Our friends at Muay Thai Authority have the full fight card.

Fight Card:

Jesse Miles (Canada) vs. Cao Yaomin (China)

Nate Smandych (Canada) vs. Xiao Jie (China)

Hakeem Dawodu (Canada) vs. Feng Jie (China)

Adam Blanchette (Canada) vs. Yang Yuanfei (China)

Sinisa Knezevic (Canada) vs. Fu Gaofeng (China)

Jessica Gladstone (Canada) vs. Li Hui (China)

Nicci Soutiere (Canada) vs. Bai Jing (China)

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K-1 World Grand Prix in Nanjing Looking to Be a "Go"

  • Published in K-1

K-1 NanjingThe world of K-1 is a strange one recently, with lots of rumors swirling around about the future of the company and the future of the shows. The most pressing matter is the K-1 World Grand Prix FInal 16, which is just a few weeks away. The most recent rumor was that the arena was not booked yet and the show was in doubt of even happening. It's Showtime issued a press release reporting on Badr Hari's retirement, but also that the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 that Simon Rutz was helping out with might not happen if FEG's debts to It's Showtime were not paid. It makes sense with the amount of fighters being sent to the show to help fulfill their It's Showtime contracts.

By the looks of it, the doubts of the arena being booked are possibly null and void. There has been a seating chart floating around as well as ticket prices within China, while they haven't been posted on K-1's main site yet nor on the Nanjing Arena's site. FEG personnel has also been active recently in contacting fighters and management about the upcoming event, with no signs of the event not happening. There is also a video advertisement that has been airing on Chinese television (credit to Rian for the find).

There is also a strong rumor that there could be a big shake-up within K-1's organization this week, it isn't clear if this is the big "sale" that has been rumored for most of the summer or a possible big investor jumping aboard to help out. If things pan out as rumored, we will know by mid-week what is happening with K-1, and it would not be a surprise if K-1 received another big boost of funds, a new possible owner or some internal shakeups that have been straightening things out.

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Your Daily Buakaw Update: Facing Dong Wenfei at MAX 3

  • Published in Muay Thai

BuakawIt's kind of funny how a fighter like Buakaw can not be in the news for months and months and then he'll be practically unavoidable. For right now Buakaw's relationship with MAX Muay Thai seems to be benefiting him as they are keeping his name out there, now that he can actually fight for them and not just participate in exhibition bouts. This is probably a pretty good thing, right? Especially at this stage in Buakaw's career.

Buakaw Has an Opponent at MAX Muay Thai 3

Yes, we knew that Buakaw would be fighting at MAX Muay Thai 3 in China on August 10th, but we weren't sure who it would be against. Now, thanks to a Facebook update from MAX, we know that he'll be fighting against Chinese fighter Dong Wenfei. Wenfei is a Sanda fighter who mainly fights in Kickboxing rules, but Buakaw is not a stranger to those rules, either. One of Weifei's biggest fights was a loss against Vuyisile Colossa, who is probably best known for fighting for ONE FC now. He's also fought Albert Kraus, Big Ben, Aikipracha and more, although he hasn't beaten any of those bigger names.

This will be a good tune-up fight for Buakaw, at least. MAX also announced some other fights for the card, including Aikpracha vs. Jordan Watson and Khem vs. Maiki Karatanasis.

New Buakaw Documentary

Because you can't get enough Buakaw, there is a new documentary that has been released on him that has been out for about a month now called Boxer, Legend, Legacy. It can be rented on Vimeo for $7.

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Kun Lun Fight 7 Results

  • Published in Asia

The Kun Lun 7 fight card in China was quite a strange event. First of all the music, seems they had their own song made which they played about 100 times during the show, now I can't stop saying "KUN LUN FIGHTS!" Secondly the results, lots of upsets and no finishes, every fight was a decision, and leaving your fight in the Chinese judges hands is the last thing you want to do. Also there was supposed to be a female MMA fight and I have no idea what happened but they both got in the ring, spoke on the mic, cried, hugged and left the ring without fighting. (wish I could understand Chinese)

Results

Andy Souwer (Holland) vs. Mustapha Haida (Morocco) - Mustapha Haida wins extra Rd Decision

Fukai Jiao (China) vs. Chris Ngimbi (Kongo) - Fukai Jiao wins Decision

Aikpracha Meenayothin (Thailand) vs. Roman Mailov (Ukraine) - Aikpracha Meenayothin wins Decision

Edvin Erik Kibus (Estonia) vs. Victor Nagbe (Australia) - Victor Nagbe wins Decision

Zheng Zhaoyu (China) vs. Tomoyuki Nishikawa (Japan) -  Tomoyuki Nishikawa wins decision

Dylan Salvador (France) vs. Eisa Alamdar (Iran) - Dylan Salvador wins Decision

Li Zikai (China) vs. Artem Pashporin (Russia) - Artem Pashporin wins Decision

Feng Xingli (China) vs. Sergei Zuev (Belarus) - Sergei Zuev wins Decision

Burneng (Thailand) vs. Kaihu Han (China) - Burneng wins Decision

(MMA fight) Honggang Yao (China) vs. Munkhbayer Jadambaa (Mongolia) - Honggang Yao wins Rear Naked Choke Round 1

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Kevin Ross Captaining K-1's Upcoming USA vs. China Event on January 1st

  • Published in K-1

Since K-1's event last December in China there has been a lot of hushed talk about the future of K-1 in China. The year 2014 has been a lot better to K-1 than other years and there have been a lot of deals talked about that could possibly make K-1 not only a major player in China, but huge in China. From what we've seen, K-1 has been training referees, judges and other officials on top of lending a hand to train fighters in China over the last year and on January 1st K-1 will make their return to China with a huge USA vs. China event.

It'll take place in Golden Eagle Culture City, Changsua, China and as I stated before, the theme will be USA vs. China. While we don't know all of the names just yet, we have heard that Kevin Ross has signed to be the Team Captain of Team USA and will be fighting, which is pretty big news considering that Ross was being courted by K-1 years ago and GLORY last year only for nothing to come of it. We've also been told that Canadian Gabriel Varga is scheduled to appear on the card, which is interesting considering there was talk of him competing for GLORY's Featherweight Championship soon. 

Tiffany Van Soest is also announced for the card.

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Kun Lun Fight 7 Live stream Featuring Andy Souwer and Chris Ngimbi

  • Published in Kickboxing

Kun Lun Fight 7 will be taking place today in china a few hours from now, the card includes Andy Souwer, Chris Ngimbi, and Aikpracha Meenayothin to name a few. This card is part of a 70kg K-! rules tournament that takes place over multiple cards throughout the year. There should be a Live Stream Here OR HERE.

Fight Card

Andy Souwer (Holland) vs. Mustapha Haida (Morocco)

Jiao Fukai (China) vs. Chris Ngimbi (Kongo)

Aikpracha Meenayothin (Thailand) vs. Roman Mailov (Ukraine)

Edvin Erik Kibus (Estonia) vs. Victor Nagbe (Australia) 

Zheng Zhaoyu (China) vs. Tomoyuki Nishikawa (Japan) 

Dylan Salvador (France) vs. Seyedisa Alamdarnezam (Iran)

Li Zikai (China) vs. Artem Pashporin (Russia)

Feng Xingli (China) vs. Sergei Zuev (Belarus)

 

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Yokkao 9 China Highlights

  • Published in Muay Thai

Yokkao 9 in China took place on May 24th in China, featuring a Muay Thai and K-1 rules card with fighters from China against fighters from all over the world. Yokkao packed 10,000 spectators in to watch the event and the main event had a lot of people talking, which can be considered a success. Here is a highlight video from the event showing not only the action inside of the ring but went on behind-the-scenes leading into the fights.

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